Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
African American Monument
We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African Continent
We got on the slave ships together, we lay back to belly in the holds of the
slave ships in each others excrement and urine together. Sometimes died
together and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today we are
standing up together with faith and even some joy.
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Colonial Era.
Location. 32° 4.9′ N, 81° 5.464′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on River Street near Bull Street, on the left when traveling south. On the waterfront. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Savannah Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Savannah and the Slave Trade (a few steps from this marker); Jewish Colonists (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah in the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Oglethorpe's LandingA Storeroom By Any Other Name (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists (within shouting distance of this marker); This is Yamacraw Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP). (Submitted on February 2, 2020, by John Bloomfield of Palm Coast, Florida.)
1. Middle Passage Monument, 2002
This narrative courtesy of MPCPMP.
Savannah erected a River Street monument on its waterfront commemorating Africans who were removed from their homeland, suffered enslavement, and contributed to the city and region’s development.
Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Data Base identified 105 ocean ship crossings between 1766 and 1820 that delivered to Savannah 11,453 captive African children, women, and men from Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, W. Central Africa, Congo, Angola and Guinea Bissau to the city. As the original capital, this is the oldest city
• First African Baptist Church (1777) is the oldest Black church in North America.
• Laurel Grove Cemetery (South), formerly known as the “Negro Ground,” is one of the oldest Black cemeteries still in use.
After his Civil War “March to the Sea,” General William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15 from the Green-Merldrim House temporarily granting to emancipated families “forty acres and a mule,” from the confiscated properties of Confederate land owners.
— Submitted February 2, 2020, by John Bloomfield of Palm Coast, Florida.
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